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Dublin: 1 °C Thursday 11 February, 2016

#Ireland

# ireland - Yesterday’s News

Analysis: Ireland’s first-half scrum woes could have proved even more costly

The scrum settled after the break, but the French pack will provide an even bigger test.

Kearney reveals Ireland looking to target ‘soft’ France defence

The Leinster winger, who came on as a substitute against Wales, believes France are vulnerable out wide.

# ireland - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Handre Pollard ruled out of South Africa’s summer Test series against Ireland

The 21-year-old out-half is facing a nine-month lay-off.

Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising ‘neutral’ start

The ‘building blocks’ are in place and Ireland will reach for the gears this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’ End Of An Era

‘Paul O’Connell’s biggest attribute was his ability to inspire’

The Limerick native’s legacy will live on for generations to come as he will forever be remembered as a shining example of great leadership, writes James Galvin.

‘Young Munster U8s are looking for someone’: Ryan backs ‘great communicator’ POC to become coach

Donnacha Ryan was in a better position than anyone to see every aspect brought to the able by Paul O’Connell.

Wales delay naming team as Biggar makes remarkable recovery

The fly-half suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday but could still face Scotland this weekend.

Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover

The trio are expected to train fully on Thursday, but Keith Earls remains a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Paris.

‘I consider myself very lucky’ — O’Connell ready to improve golf game after dominating Irish rugby

‘You’re either going to get back to being strong and fast and powerful again or you’re not. And that makes the decision for you.’

From The Daily Edge 16 tweets that will make no sense to anyone outside Ireland Me Hoop

16 tweets that will make no sense to anyone outside Ireland

“Where do ye snake the naggin?”.

# ireland - Monday 8 February, 2016

Dragons fullback cited for ‘dangerous charge’ on Stuart Olding

An extremely sore one for the brilliant Ulster back.

CJ Stander and the rest of The42′s Six Nations Team of the Week

There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.

# ireland - Sunday 7 February, 2016

‘We can build on that and get better’: Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident

A point dropped, but Ireland have won back-to-back titles with a defeat under their belts.

‘We had the game won’: Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped

Jamie Roberts said his side were ‘kicking themselves’ after failing to close the game at 13 – 16.

From TheJournal.ie A ‘fluke’ brought this Love/Hate actor from working in a call centre to Broadway Stephen Jones

A ‘fluke’ brought this Love/Hate actor from working in a call centre to Broadway

Jones will star in This Lime Tree Bower later this month.

Here’s how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales

Ireland will head back to Carton House disappointed at having to share the spoils.

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw

It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.

As it happened: Ireland v Wales, Six Nations

Joe Schmidt’s side get their campaign under way at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.

Williams in at fullback for Wales as Anscombe is ruled out

Warren Gatland has had to shuffle his starting XV ahead of today’s match in Dublin.

From The Daily Edge This two-year-old girl singing Ireland’s Call is the hero we need right now Up For The Match

133 years of the 4, 5 and 6 Nations Championship: Can Ireland complete its first 3-in-a-row?

Most back-to-back champs have not fared well when they try for a third straight Championship.

# ireland - Saturday 6 February, 2016

Behind the scenes: Ireland chasing the Rio Olympics 7s dream

We took a look at the work that goes into Ireland’s pursuit of a place in Rio.

‘There is a familiarity between Ireland and Wales and familiarity breeds contempt’ – Ryan Jones

The former Wales captain opens up to The42 on deep-seated rivalries, his love of the Six Nations and how much he misses the game.

Our writers give their predictions for the Six Nations

What way do you see the tournament unfolding?

# ireland - Friday 5 February, 2016

‘You’re never going to get all the decisions right’: Schmidt trusting tested combinations

The head coach explained some of his key selection calls for Sunday’s crunch clash against Wales.

CJ Stander earns Ireland debut, Zebo starts at fullback against Wales

The South African-born back row is the only uncapped player in Ireland’s 23 to take on Wales.

# ireland - Thursday 4 February, 2016

‘Martin O’Neill told me that I had to get out of Everton’ – McGeady

The Ireland winger was delighted to finalise his loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

Open Thread: Who should Joe Schmidt pick to start against Wales?

What do you think the starting XV should look like.

Getting ‘strangled’ in Dublin two years ago still preying on Gatland’s mind

Wales boss is expecting another physical game in Dublin on Sunday.

# ireland - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again Opinion

Fine Gael are using ghost estates on their posters, but little has been done to stop it happening again

Who was to blame for these eyesores, asks Frank Armstrong, part of the Nama to Nature campaign.

Analysis: Jack McGrath can exploit Wales’ Samson Lee to give Ireland the edge in the scrum battle

Lee has struggled for form since his awful achilles injury last year.

Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls

Joe Schmidt has big selection calls of his own before the sides meet this weekend.

Go big or go home… Gatland names attacking starting XV for Ireland clash

There are some surprises including the likes of Rob Evans.

Ireland’s five best starts of the Six Nations era Off To A Flyer This post contains videos

Ireland’s five best starts of the Six Nations era

With away fixtures to England and France in even years, it’s no surprise that odd editions dominate this list.

Luke Fitzgerald staying positive despite another injury setback

The Leinster back is targeting a return to his province in time for the business-end of the PRO12.

# ireland - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

Paulie’s not around to ‘stare and intimidate’, but otherwise a familiar feeling in Ireland camp

Sean O’Brien will be one of the core squad members aiming to make up for the absence of one of Ireland’s best ever players.

Sean O’Brien: CJ Stander settling in as a fresh, strong voice in Ireland camp

O’Brien and Stander are cut from the same cloth, but the Tullow Tank has no desire to run at the South African.

# ireland - Monday 1 February, 2016

‘If you don’t get a good start you’re behind the 8 ball’: Schmidt dealing with familiar pressure

The Kiwi is chasing a third straight Championship with Ireland.

# ireland - Friday 29 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Someone in Ireland has just become €66 million richer EuroMillions

Someone in Ireland has just become €66 million richer

It’s not yet known who tonight’s EuroMillions winner is or where they’re from.

From The Daily Edge 18 of the most Irish Yik Yaks ever Yik Yak Paddywhack

18 of the most Irish Yik Yaks ever

Excellent work, everybody.

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